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Rahul Gandhi to leave for Norway

Prime News, National, International, New Delhi, August 26:- Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be travelling to Oslo on the invitation of the Norwegian foreign ministry, as a result of which he will not be able to attend the two opposition rallies in Bihar and Gujarat.

While Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad is organising a rally of Opposition parties ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on August 27, the Congress has planned a similar public meeting at Padri in Valsad district of Gujarat on September 1.

However, Rahul Gandhi will launch his Gujarat election campaign with a workers’ meet at Ahmedabad on September 4.

“On the invitation of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be travelling to Oslo for a few days,” the Congress V-P wrote on Twitter. “Looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with political and business leaders and research institutions,” he said in another tweet.

The absence of leaders such as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul apart from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has taken the sting out of the Opposition’s purported show of strength against the BJP.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand Akhilesh Yadav and Hemant Soren apart from rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav will share the stage with RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad will represent the Congress at the rally.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies) 

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